Fifth Arrondissement of Paris


The Fifth arrondissement is home to one of the most famous monuments in Paris: the Panthéon. Located on the Left bank of River Seine, it is known as the Latin Quarter.

A few words about the 5th arrondissement

The Fifth arrondissement of Paris (le cinquième arrondissement) is situated on the left bank of River Seine and often bears the name “Quartier Latin” (Latin Quarter).

The Latin Quarter is a district centred around the Sorbonne which is home to many universities, colleges, and prestigious high schools. It has a reputation for being a young lively atmosphere. Its name comes from the Middle Ages when Latin was the language of learning at the Sorbonne.

The 5th arrondissement of Paris covers an area of 2.541 km2 with a population of 60,800 (2011). The district is overlooked by the dome of the Panthéon which sits at the top of an elevated mount called Montagne Sainte-Geneviève (alt. 61 m above sea level).

The 5th arrt includes some famous Parisian monuments such as the Panthéon, the Sorbonne university, the Jussieu university campus, the Arab World Institute, the Jardin des Plantes, the Ménagerie (France’s oldest public zoo), the National Museum of Natural History (including the Grand Gallery of Evolution) and the picturesque Rue Mouffetard.

Public institutions and organisations in the 5th arrondissement

A few public institutions and organisations have their seat in the 5th arrt:

  • the Sorbonne university (founded in the mid-12th century, it is one of the oldest universities in Europe)
  • the Ministère de l’Éducation Nationale et de la Recherche (Ministry of Higher Education and Research)
  • the  Val de Grâce (major military hospital)

Main places of interest in the 5th arrondissement

The 5th arrondissement includes one of Paris’ most famous monument: the Panthéon. There are many other places of interest to be discovered on the slopes of the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève and near the banks of the River Seine.

The main places of interest in the 5th arrondissement are:

  • Our pages on the 5th ARRONDISSEMENT

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    Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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